The Rundown for May 11, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,743,300 and the nation’s death toll stands at 582,150, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… New cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. dropped 17 percent last week to just under 290,000, according to a Reuters analysis. It marked the fourth straight week of decreases and the weekly total was the lowest since September… The Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that the Pfizer vaccine will be authorized for emergency use in children ages 12 to 15. Pfizer had reported that the vaccine was extremely effective for teenagers during clinical trials, while noting that some did experience the same side effects as adults, such as fevers, chills, and headaches… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than a third of the country’s population had been fully vaccinated as of Sunday. 46 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

BIDEN ADMIN ABANDONS TRANS HEALTH-CARE EXCLUSIONS… The Biden administration announced yesterday that it is abandoning the government’s policy of excluding transgender people from protections against sex discrimination in health care. Last year, the Trump administration announced its plan to define “sex” in sex-discrimination rules as a person’s gender assigned at birth, leaving transgender susceptible to discrimination by doctors, hospitals or insurance companies. However, the rules were blocked in courts before they were introduced.

NAVY SHIPS HARASSED BY IRANIAN FAST BOATS… The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Maui fired approximately 30 warning shots at a “large group” of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy fast boats conducting “unsafe and unprofessional maneuvers” near U.S. naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz yesterday, according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. Six U.S. Navy ships escorting the guided missile submarine USS Georgia encountered 13 of the fast attack boats as close as within 150 yards before the boat broke off, Kirby said. The Pentagon has identified three previous incidents of harassment by Iranian boats over the past two months.

FUEL SUPPLY NOT AN ISSUE… The Biden administration assured Americans yesterday that there are no issues with fuel supply following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline. Administration officials are working closely with Colonial Pipeline to mitigate the effects of the attack and subsequent shutdown. The FBI said yesterday blamed Darkside ransomware, a criminal group originating from Russia, for the cyberattack. Intelligence agents are working to assess any possible ties to foreign state actors.

YOUNGKIN WINS VIRGINIA GOVERNOR GOP PRIMARY… Businessman Glenn Youngkin defeated six other nominees through ranked-choice ballots to claim the Republican nomination for Virginia governor. Youngkin, a former executive at the global investment firm The Carlyle Group, positioned himself as a businessman and an outsider. Virginia Democrats will choose their nominee during the state-run primary on June 8.

ENTERTAINMENT
GOLDEN GLOBES LOSING SUPPORT
… NBC is withdrawing from airing next year’s Golden Globes amid an alleged lack of diversity and questionable ethics at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the nonprofit responsible for the awards. Revelations in a Los Angeles Times article have prompted several other major outlets, including Netflix, Amazon Studios and WarnerMedia, to announce that they would not participate in any Globes-related events until the HFPA enacted sweeping changes. Actor Tom Cruise has returned his three Golden Globes statues in disgust.

ABC BRINGING BACK ‘GREY’S ANATOMY’… ABC announced yesterday that it is bringing back the medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” for Season 18. The network boasted that “Grey’s Anatomy” has ranked as the No. 1 entertainment series among Adults 18-49 and as the network’s No. 1 show in total viewers for the 2020-2021 TV season. The show has attracted an average of 15.7 million viewers so far this season, delayed viewers included.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati 14 – PITTSBURGH 1
… The Reds broke the game open with a six-run top of the fourth inning. Tucker Barnhart struck the big blow with a two-run double. Tyler Naquin added a three-run homer in the seventh.

ARIZONA 5 – Miami 2… Luke Weaver (2-3) pitched four-hit ball over 6-13 innings and the Diamondbacks downed the Marlins. Asdrubal Cabrera doubled home a pair of runs.

San Diego – COLORADO (ppd.)… Inclement weather in Denver forced postponement of last night’s Padres-Rockies game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BALTIMORE 4 – Boston 1
…Trey Mancini smacked a tie-breaking homer to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning and singled home a run in the seventh as the Orioles beat the Red Sox to salvage the finale of the four-game series. Ryan Mountcastle also homered for Baltimore.

L.A. Angels 5 – HOUSTON 4… Jared Walsh and Justin Upton hit back-to-back homers to spark a four-run top of the sixth inning that carried the Angels past the Astros. Walsh also doubled home a run and was 4-for-4 on the night.

INTERLEAGUE
SAN FRANCISCO 3 – Texas 1
… Mauricio Dubon singled home Austin Slater with a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Giants added an unearned run to get past the Rangers. Brandon Belt opened the scoring with a fourth-inning homer. Starter Alex Wood (4-0) allowed a run on four hits over seven innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati (Jeff Hoffman, 2-2) is at Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker 2-2)…
Washington (Erick Fedde, 2-3) hosts Philadelphia (Chase Anderson, 1-3)…
St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 1-0) is at Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 3-1)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 4-2) hosts San Diego (Yu Darvish, 3-1)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 0-2) is at Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 3-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 1-1) are at Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 2-3)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 2-3) hosts Kansas City (Brady Singer, 1-3)…
Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 2-2) is at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi 4-2)…
Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 2-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 1-0)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 2-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 2-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-2) is at San Francisco (Logan Webb, 1-3)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 3-2) hosts the Chi Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 1-2)…
Baltimore (John Means, 4-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 3-3)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 1-1) hosts Toronto (Robbie Ray, 1-1)…
Seattle (Justin Dunn, 1-0) is at the L.A. Dodgers (TBA)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Sunday)…
Indiana 111 – CLEVELAND 102… The Pacers rallied past the Cavaliers in the second half. Kelan Martin delivered 25 points off the bench. Domantas Sabonis scored 21 points and grabbed 20 rebounds.

ATLANTA 125 – Washington 124… The Hawks withstood a fourth-quarter rally to hold off the Wizards. Trae Young pumped in 36 points and John Collins added 28. Russell Westbrook piled up 28 points, 13 boards and 21 assists in the loss. His 182nd career triple-double moved him past Oscar Robertson for the most in NBA history.

MEMPHIS 115 – New Orleans 110… The Grizzlies secured a spot in the postseason play-in tournament by downing the Pelicans. Dillon Brooks scored 23 points. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

SAN ANTONIO 146 – Milwaukee 125… The Spurs scored 87 first-half points to set a franchise record and coasted past the Bucks. DeMar DeRozan pumped in 23 points. Patty Mills made six 3-pointers on his way to 20 points.

GOLDEN STATE 119 – Utah 116… The Warriors came on strong down the stretch after blowing a 14-point lead earlier in the fourth quarter. Stephen Curry made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds remaining and added a pair of free throws to cap a 36-point effort.

PORTLAND 140 – Houston 129… The Trail Blazers opened with a 50-point first quarter and breezed past the Rockets. Damian Lillard led all scorers with 34 points. CJ McCollum tossed in 28 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Denver is at Charlotte…
Detroit hosts Minnesota…
Miami is at Boston…
Toronto hosts the L.A. Clippers (in Tampa)…
Philadelphia is at Indiana…
Chicago hosts Brooklyn…
Dallas is at Memphis…
Milwaukee hosts Orlando…
Phoenix is at Golden State…
Sacramento hosts Oklahoma City…
New York is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 18)…
FLORIDA 4 – Tampa Bay 0… Goalie Chris Driedger stopped all 30 shots and the Panthers blanked the Lighting to secure home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Juho Lammikko had a goal and an assist.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – New Jersey 2… Joel Farabee netted two goals and the Flyers topped the Devils in the season finale for both teams. Claude Giroux had two assists.

Edmonton 4 – MONTREAL 3 (OT)… Connor McDavid found the net 2:42 into overtime to send the Oilers past the Canadiens. Montreal nevertheless picked up the point it needed to clinch the final playoff spot in the North division.

BOSTON 3 – N.Y. Islanders 2 (OT)… Taylor Hall’s second goal of the game came at 2:53 of overtime and lifted the Bruins over the Islanders. Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist for Boston, which clinched third place in the East division.

NASHVILLE 5 – Carolina 0… Goalie Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in his second shutout of the season and the Predators closed out their regular season in a romp over the Hurricanes. Matt Duchene scored two goals.

Dallas 5 – CHICAGO 4 (OT)… The Stars came from two goals down midway through the third period to outlast the Blackhawks. Jason Robertson scored the game-winner with 30 seconds left in overtime. He also assisted on Jason Dickinson’s tying goal in regulation.

Vancouver 3 – WINNIPEG 1… Nils Hoglander scored a pair of goals to lead the Canucks past the Jets… Thatcher Demko stopped 39 shots at goal.

Colorado 2 – VEGAS 1… J.T. Compher scored a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and the Avalanche hung on to down the Golden Knights in a matchup of teams battling for the West division crown. Philipp Brubauer made 36 stops at goal.

St. Louis 2 – LOS ANGELES 1 (OT)… Justin Faulk scored 45 seconds into overtime to lift the Blues over the Kings. Faulk also set up Tyler Bozak’s third-period goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at Washington…
Winnipeg hosts Vancouver

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